Equestrian Aid Foundation Establishes Fund for Injured Rolex Rider and Her Sponsor ThinLineInc Joins the Cause

Saturday, March 15, 2008

The Equestrian Aid Foundation (EAF) has established a dedicated fund for the benefit of Laine Ashker, an eventer who was injured on April 26 during the cross country phase at the Rolex International Kentucky Three-Day Event in Lexington, KY. The EAF fund will assist Ashker and her family with medical and rehabilitation expenses.

Her sponsor ThinLine Inc has also joined the effort raising funds on her behalf for EAF, offering the Laine Ashker Package, which contains Laine's favorite ThinLine products: the Sheepskin Comfort Half Pad, and a full set of ThinLine Schooling Boots. As a long time sponsor of Laine, Thineline has provided her with the high quality products needed at the elite levels of eventing.  Laine has used each of these products on her horses in training and competition.  ThinLine is pleased to offer the package at $335 with 30% of the sale of each package going to Laine and her family.

“As Laine's first corporate sponsors, we are very proud of her and her accomplishments,” says Elaine Lockhead, owner of ThinLine.  “She is an outstanding person and a very talented rider. Anyone that knows Laine knows how kind and caring she is towards others and her horses. We can only continue to keep her and her family in our thoughts and prayers as she begins the long road to full recovery.”

For more information, please visit the ThinLine website at www.thinlineinc.com or contact Tara at 1-888-401-9101 or tara@thinelineinc.com.  You can also mail checks made out to ThinLine and one check will be written directly to her through the Equestrian Aid Foundation.

To follow her progress, please visit www.laineashker.blogspot.com, which is updated daily. “We’re fortunate to have the capabilities to establish this fund for Laine and her family during this difficult time,” said R. Scot Evans, president and co-founder of the Equestrian Aid Foundation. “She’s a talented rider and the outpouring of support we’ve received in donations since her accident shows the impression she’s had on the eventing world.

Donations enable us to support Laine and others like her who require assistance during their time of need.” The EAF, a membership-based nonprofit organization, uses donated funds to provide various essentials that may include medical needs, health insurance, food and housing, transportation, physical therapy and more. Recipients of the EAF are conventionally anonymous. This is only the third dedicated fund established to date. Previous accounts were set up for Ralph Hill in March 2007 and Darren Chiacchia in March 2008.

Established in 1996 to assist those with HIV/Aids, the EAF broadened its scope to provide support for anyone in the equestrian world suffering from life threatening illness, catastrophic accidents or injuries by providing direct financial support for their medical or other basic needs. It is a 501 (c) 3 organization.

To learn more about the EAF, memberships and donations, visit www.equestrianaidfoundation.org.